Holiday Events

Happy Holidays from MWR at Naval Support Activity Annapolis!

We thought it would be a good idea to gather all this important end-of-the-year activities in one place. Please call each venue directly as we are not responsible for errors to these listings.  Many of these tickets are available for a significant discount from MWR, so make sure you call us at 410-293-9200 first!

The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over eight million Christmas lights, making it the largest light display in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Purchase tickets through MWR Annapolis. November  24, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (Select Days only).  2:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.  Wednesdays ONLY prices are cheaper. Parking is not included in the ticket purchase.
Christmas Candy Lane – November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019  (Select Days only).  Tis The Season To Be Happy!  Enjoy Holiday Rides and Coasters, Festive Lights and Entertainment and Visit Santa and His Reindeers.  Purchase tickets through MWR Annapolis.
Come and celebrate the holiday season at Dutch Winter Wonderland with rides, entertainment, and thousands of twinkling lights! General parking is $5.00.  Gold Season Pass Holders park for free.  Visit Dutch Wonderland at Saturdays (3pm-9pm), Sundays (3pm-8pm), and select weekdays (November 23 & December 26-28: 5pm-9pm), November 17-December 30, 2018.
GAYLORD ICE              
November 16, 2018 – January 1, 2019.  Customers should use “ANNAPOLIS” as the promo code for both call-ins or at the gate. It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Gaylord National Resort. Children of all ages will be delighted in the holiday – themed events and activities including gingerbread decorating, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, ice skating and the COOLEST attraction around – ICE. This year’s feature story is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”! Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays.  An exclusive Build-A-Bear Workshop experience that lets guests build their very own furry winter friend—a cuddly, cute polar bear plush which can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. Tickets through MWR Annapolis.


NSA Annapolis 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – November 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at Bldg. 89.  Join MWR Annapolis for Caroling and Hot Cocoa during the tree lighting event!

Santa Will Be Visiting Base Housing tentatively on December 13, 2018.

Youth Center Gala - Youth Center’s Annual Family Winter Gala on December 8, 2018 from 1500-1800!  Dress in your holiday finest and enjoy a lovely winter wonderland afternoon at the Billy the Kid Center – the gala will feature food, music, fun, games, prizes and the annual holiday stocking decorating contest (pick up your stocking in advance for decorating at home and bring it back for judging!); $3 per person; sign up soon by calling 410-293-9396.

NEX Shopping with Santa – December 8, 2018, 8 – 10 a.m. – Annual Holiday Shopping Event for Military Children! We'll learn:  how to think carefully about purchases, how to compare prices, Smart Buying Tips, and, we'll have fun shopping for family and friends. Breakfast at Subway. Cost for Breakfast $1.25.  Call for more information. Please make your reservations no later than December 5, 2018.  Hope to see you there!

Annapolis City Downtown Shopping (Midnight Madness I, II) Dec 6th, 2018, 6:00 P.M. – midnight, Dec 13th, 2018 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and December 20th, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Historic Annapolis' shops stay open late for this community block party that is open to all. Enjoy musical performances, food and refreshments and enjoy some holiday cheer!  Downtown Annapolis along Maryland Avenue, Main, and West Streets.  The Calvert Street Parking Garage is Free Parking between 6pm and 6am. Located at 19 St Johns Street.   The Whitmore Parking Garage is just $2 from 4pm to 6am. Located at 25 Clay Street.  Free Circulator buses will run along West St., Calvert St., and Main St.   
Holiday Open House: William Paca House and Hogshead –  December 15, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 186 Prince George Street; Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street.  Join the Pacas for a festive occasion as they entertain for the holidays! The Living historians will bring the house to life with laughter, games, music, and, sweet treats to share! At Hogshead, see how the middling sort celebrate the holiday season with living historians and a variety of fun activities fit for the whole family.  Reservations encouraged.  Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 Children; Free for Children under 2; Free for HA Members and Volunteers.
Military Bowl and Parade - December 31, 2018, Kick off is at 12 Noon. U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO, will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) live on ESPN. Ticket prices range from $30 - $80.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Ticket Alternative 877-725-8849 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.  
Annapolis Honors Our Military Year Round
Many local businesses offer discounts year-round to members of our armed forces.  The Downtown Annapolis Partnership thanks our members and others for showing their support to our military!  Show your military ID, active or retired.
The Nutcracker, Ballet Theatre of Maryland at MD Hall - Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2018.  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, Phone: 410-224-5644.  For tickets visit  


Eastport Yacht Club – Parade of Lights – December 8, 2018, 6:00 p.m. thru 8:00 p.m. Annapolis, MD.

Lights on the Bay (Sandy Point State Park) sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center. More than sixty animated and stationary displays  – November 17, 2018 through January 1, 2019.  5-10 p.m.   $15 per car.   1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409.

Annapolis Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa Arrives by Carriage – November 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Market House, 25 Market St., Annapolis City Dock.

Handel’s Messiah Concert – Dec 1-2, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Main Chapel, USNA.  USNA Glee Club, Hood College Choir and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.  The USNA Glee Club joins the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah

Anne Arundel County Holiday at the Farmers Market – 7:00 a.m. til Noon, every Saturday, Now thru Dec 24, 2018. Harry S. Truman Parkway and Riva Road, Annapolis MD.  A variety of vendors from Anne Arundel County will be selling homegrown and handcrafted locally produced items. Items available include wreaths, fresh greens, baked goods, coffee, herbs, candy and seasonal produce.

New Year’s Annapolis – Dec 31, 2018. 3:00 p.m. Family oriented event. Weems Whalen Field (located behind Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts). Face painting, moon bounce music by kids rock bands. Fireworks at 5:30 p.m.  A free Circulator Shuttle will be running to and from the Park Place Garage and Weems Whalen field.Welcome in 2018 at City Dock in downtown Annapolis for a night of entertainment, food, and fireworks displays in the Annapolis Harbor.

Adorn Miss Anne in reindeer spirit as the crew serve up hot cocoa to all jolly passengers. Captain Santa is at the helm during this cozy evening cruise of Spa Creek. Enjoy holiday music while Santa takes you on a relaxing and enjoyable 45-minute boat ride. Cozy blankets are available on board.  Advanced reservations recommended but not required. Book your cruise at  Walk-ups welcome.  Purchase your tickets from our Elf at Annapolis City Dock.  $23/Adult, $13/Children under 12. Cruise times: Weekends in December 2018, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. 
On this 1 and 1/2 hour walking you’ll learn about the origin of holiday traditions  –  including the significance of evergreens, Yule logs, Christmas trees and Santa Claus as you stroll through Annapolis with a festively attired guide. The stroll Includes a tour of the Hammond-Harwood House. Visit for more information and booking.  Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-2, 9, 15-16; 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Tours depart from the Information Booth at City Dock, 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD.  Admission: $21 for adults; $12 for children and  children (ages 3-11) 2 and under are free. 
South Street Lot, South St. off of Church Circle •Noah Hillman Parking Garage - 150 Gorman St.
Knighton Parking Garage – 1A Colonial Avenue •Gotts Court Parking Garage - 25 Northwest St.
Park Place - 1 Park Place Visit



Zoo Lights at the National Zoo – Friday, November 23, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1, 2019, Closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31, Hours: 5-9 p.m. rain or shine.  Join the thousands of visitors who make Zoo Lights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, Zoo Lights includes live music performances and tasty winter treats. Free Admission.

National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace – November 28, 2018. The event is held rain or shine.  This year marks the 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, first celebrated in 1923 by President Calvin Coolidge. Since 1923, the United States has held a tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC each holiday season.  During the National Christmas Tree Lighting Visit the National Christmas Tree Throughout the Holiday Season.  The National Christmas Tree will be open to January 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Seasonal displays include a Yule log, a large-scale model train and a Christmas manger.  Tickets are only required for the lighting ceremony. Musical performances by volunteer choirs, bands and dancers, will be held nightly throughout the holiday season. Performances will generally start at 5 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, performances run from 1-8:30 p.m.

National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony 2018 December 2, 2018, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.  Ellipse, White House Grounds, Washington DC. The lighting of this menorah is the world’s largest and is attended by thousands every year and is seen via TV newscasts, internet feeds and other media.  Visit

54th U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting –  DATE TBD, 5:00 p.m. as set by  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. USMC Band (The Presidents Own) will play Christmas carols and carols will be sung by the Congressional Chorus.  Sitting on the West Lawn, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree”, represents Christmas for our whole country. The Capitol Christmas tree is selected by the US Forest Service from a national forest each year which provide the tree. This year the Capitol Christmas tree will arrive from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.  The tree is decorated with thousands of unique ornaments donated by people from all over the country.

A Christmas Carol at the Fords Theater.  November 15, 2018 – December 13, 2018.    Visit for tickets.  Ages 5 and up.

National Cathedral - G. F. Handel’s Messiah - Fri., Dec. 7,  2018, 7:30 pm,  Sat., Dec. 8  and  Sun., Dec. 9, 2018,  4 pm.  Admission: $25 – $95; Student tickets: $15. for tickets.

Smithsonian Holiday Festival 2018. Dates to be announced for early Dec. 2018, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Washington DC. Get in the holiday spirit with free festive musical performances, book signings, crafts, special foods and more. Complimentary gift-wrapping will be available at the National Museum of American History. The free Circulator bus will transport visitors to the other festivities around the National Mall.

The Washington Ballet:  The Nutcracker, Warner Theater, Nov 29 - Dec 28, 2018, 513 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004. 202.783.4000. Purchase tickets through or
Arlington Wreath Laying Ceremony - December 15, 2018. Gates open at 8 a.m.  Holiday wreaths adorn thousands of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Wreaths Across America.  Visit

 ‘Season's Greenings' at the Botanical Gardens - The U.S. Botanic Garden gets decked out for the holidays! Open from Nov. 22, 2018 -Jan. 1, 2019  (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and will stay open until 8 p.m. with holiday concerts most Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December.  Admission to the U.S. Botanic Garden is free.

Downtown DC Holiday Market - November 23-December 23, 2018. Sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 9th in front of the National Portrait Gallery.  Enjoy a unique seasonal shopping marketplace of downtown Washington DC including gift items by more than 180 exhibitors and artisans including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, prepared food and more. A wide range of live, local musicians and bands will entertain shoppers. Jazz, swing, blues, reggae, bluegrass, klezmer, acappella, brass and more create a fun, energetic atmosphere.
Washington Nationals Winterfest, December 1 & 2, 2018, 11:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.  Join the Nationals for Winterfest 2018 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place Northwest, Wash, DC.  Metro: Vernon Square/7th St-Convention Center.   Activities include:  Clinics with Nationals players and coaches, Home Run Derby featuring the Nationals mascots, participate in the steal home challenge and take batting practice, hear a winter or baseball-themed story, read by a Nationals player, kids Press Conferences, sign up for 2019 season Jr. Nats Kids Club memberships at the Jr. Nationals Kids Club kiosk and much more!  Tickets available at

To get to the west end of the mall (and the Tidal Basin), take a tour bus for $5 or ride the Metro to Smithsonian Station. This is also a starting point for sightseeing tours - Old Town Trolley, and DC Ducks.

 -East Potomac Park/Haines Point - Ohio Drive. 320 parking spaces. This parking lot is FREE and convenient to the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial.   It’s more than a mile walk to the Smithsonian museums.
-Union Station - 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. More than 2,000 parking spaces. Rates: $8-22. The parking garage is near the east end of the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol Building.
-Ronald Reagan International Trade Building  - 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. More than 2,000 parking spaces.  Rates: $10-23. Access is available from Pennsylvania Avenue and via two entrances on 14th Street. The parking garage is near the National Mall, the National Theater, and Freedom Plaza.


B&O's Magical Holiday Express, B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street  December 1-31, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm / Sunday, 11am-4pm. Museum closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day. Celebrate the holiday season at the B&O's Magical Holiday Express, an annual tradition devoted to trains of all sizes, your favorite holiday characters and a train load of fun for the entire family!  Purchase admission on-site!  General Museum admission: $20 for Adults, $17 for Seniors (60+), $12 for children (2-12).  Train Rides tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children with paid admission.  Admission & Train Rides are FREE for B&O Members. For tickets visit

Christmas Village in Baltimore (West Shore Park) – Inner Harbor, (501 Light St.) November 22 – December 24, 2018.  German Christmas Market, complete with more than 50 vendors selling traditional European crafts, arts, jewelry, holiday gifts, food, sweets & drinks. Special holiday-themed programming will take place each weekend. Sunday – Thursday, 11am-7pm. Friday & Saturday, 11am-8pm . Closed Days: Nov 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th; Dec 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th
Bach in Baltimore's Christmas Concert: Handel's Messiah – December 2, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.,  Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD  21201.  This performance features a sublime quartet—soprano Jessica Beebe; alto Jessica Renfro; tenor Min Jim, and bass Andrew Thomas Pardini.  General Admission $40 in advance or $42 at the door.


PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Harbor Place Amphitheater, November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019.

National Aquarium’s Holiday 4-D Experience – Hop onboard a train to the North Pole with “The Polar Express 4-D Experience” at the National Aquarium.  November 10– January 1, 2019.  Tickets to the Aquarium’s 4-D films are just $5 and can be purchased with general admission online at or at the admissions window. 


New Year’s Eve Spectacular – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 – 12:30 a.m., music and official countdown to 2019 with fireworks.

New Year’s Eve at Power Plant - December 31, 9pm – 1am.  Ring in 2019 in style at Power Plant Live!  DJ performances, themed party favors, laser shows, dancing, and a huge midnight celebration.  For tickets visit
Midnight Noon – Maryland Science Center – Dec 31, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Children enjoy the ball drop before bedtime.  
12 Days of Science, Maryland Science Center - 12 Days of Science begins December 22 and features a different theme every day through January 2. Drop in workshops, live demonstrations, and hands-on building will be happening throughout the Science Center.
Festival of Trees, Timonium - November 23-25, 2018.  Maryland State Fairground, 2200 York Rd, Timonium, MD  21093, 800-830-3976.  Festival of Trees, a three-day spectacle filled with approximately 600 holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses.  Stop by Santa Land, and check out the carousel, “reindeer” pony and train rides, crafts, games and more.
Harbor Park Garage Pier V Parking The Gallery Garage
55 Market Place 711 E Pratt St.  101 S Calvert St.  
(410) 234-3631 (410) 972-3370 (410) 547-1537
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Season’s Greetings from MWR Annapolis!

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